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The aim of this study is to optimize targeted boron delivery to cancer cells and its tracking down to the cellular level. To this end, we describe the design and synthesis of novel nanovectors that double as targeted boron delivery agents and fluorescent imaging probes. Gold nanoparticles were coated with multilayers of polyelectrolytes functionalized with(More)
In the present study, the in vivo distribution of polyelectrolyte multilayer coated gold nanoparticles is shown, starting from the living animal down to cellular level. The coating was designed with functional moieties to serve as a potential nano drug for prion disease. With near infrared time-domain imaging we followed the biodistribution in mice up to 7(More)
Immune protection of artificial tissue by means of pancreatic islet microencapsulation is a very ambitious new approach to avoid life-long immune suppression. But the success in the utilization of the alginate-beads with incorporated islets is unfortunately limited. Some of the problems cannot be solved by a two-component system, so polymer encapsulation of(More)
Nanoparticles (NP) and nanoparticulated drug delivery promise to be the breakthrough for therapy in medicine but raise concerns in terms of nanotoxicity. We present quantitative murine biokinetics assays using polyelectrolyte-multilayer-coated gold NP (AuNP, core diameter 15 and 80 nm; (198)Au radio-labeled). Those were stably conjugated either with human(More)
The synthesis of composite nanoparticles consisting of a gold core coated with a human serum albumin (HSA)/creatine layer is described, and their possible application as novel drug carriers for brain delivery is discussed. In this paper, the effect of the concentration of creatine and HSA in the different formulations is studied by electrophoretic mobility(More)
  • Silke Krol
  • 2012
Nanomedicine is a fast evolving field involving nanoparticles or nanostructures for medical applications. Especially in the underdeveloped field of drug delivery to the brain, there are high expectations for the ability of multifunctional nanoparticles (NPs) to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In the present review the challenges nanoparticles face(More)
Since the layer-wise polyelectrolyte deposition offers the opportunity to modify surfaces for biomedical applications, interactions and toxicity between polyelectrolytes and living cells become interesting. The aim of the present work is to determine the different factors such as contact area, charge, and transplantation site that influence the cell(More)
The immobilization of cells in defined arrays (cell patterning) is a key step towards cell-based biosensors or other cell-based devices. While cell patterning is usually achieved by modifying the surface on which only the cells should adhere and leaving the cells unmodified, we present here a different approach in which cells are first coated with(More)
One of the most promising tools for future applications in science and medicine is the use of nanotechnologies. Especially self-assembly systems, e.g., polyelectrolyte (PE) capsules prepared by means of the layer-by-layer technique with tailored properties, fulfill the requirements for nano-organized systems in a satisfactory manner. The nano-organized(More)